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Beta Reviews & Impressions [ARCHIVED]  » I'm special and I want my own review thread!

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OP  5/12/12 11:54:49 AM#1

At lest my mom always said I was special.


Played for a few days, so this is an EARLY review. Nothing to be taken as written in stone. But from that I would go 7 out of 10.


Lets start at the begining.. character creation. I am hoping that there will be more choices. Alot of people have said that but you gotta understand, I usualy dont even notice. My better half will spend  a half an hour EASY on making her character if the options are robust enough. Hell, even in the GW2 beta she took the half an hour with me behind her going "they are going to whipe the characters anyway, just pick something!". I could tell you right now, if she was interested on a modern day myth based story mmo, that character creation would REALLY turn her off. Also, you get in the game and you feel related to most people!  When you got like 10 people with the same jacket and haircut it kinda throws you out of the game setting.

Since it is beta, I wont go into the technical problems. If it was live, I would be pissed, but since it is just beta, I just had to laugh at em.

The graphics arnt bad. They are not great, but not bad. The human models remind me of the sims. With how the clothes fit and all that.  They do fit with the setting though. I just wish they would have been more stylized. Remined me of SWTOR graphics, just a tad darker. I dont mean to sound too much like a GW2 fan boy, but I really do think the painted style that GW2 has would have just been perfect for this game.  

Combat. Very standard, unfortantly. Some mobs do have a big ability you can "dodge". You will see an arch infront of the mob that has to lines get closer together inside the arch. You move before the lines come together. Doesnt happen often and more reminds you what newer games are doing with combat and what could have been.  I cant say too much here because I just used one form of combat. Elementalist and blood (or, two). I felt a little disconnected from my skills, like just face rolling my keyboard would have done the trick.  This is just the begining, so take anything I say with a grain of salt. Many of times combat gets more complex as you get further in.

As for the abilities themselves. Well, I went with blood magic to heal. It seems you can have 2 weapons at once.  They have 3 types of magic, 3 types of guns, and 3 types of melee. There isnt really any levels in the game. What you get is AP points and harder to get SP points. I really like this system. IT is something new and at first you really do feel like a kid in a candy shop. Each weapon has 2 spot in  the ability wheel to improve. Like blood magic has healing and damage. You buy abiliites from each section, and they cost more ap as you get higher up.  The ablilites are either active or pasive, and you can have seven of each of them on bars at a time. Yeah, they restric how many abiliites you can have at once to 7. 

PUZZLES... cant forget the puzzles. I was in a couple of solo instences where they just give you a puzzle and let you figure it out on your own. You dont need to be a member of Mensa to solve them, but I can see a few people hitting up google or just getting frustrated and quiting. I like them, breaks up the game a little without taking you out of the mood.

Other then that I gotta say, I really liked the game from what I played. Granted I wasnt expecting much. Will I be getting it? Probably not, but mostly because not liking some of the things Funcom is doing with it. For exsample,  subscribtion and cash shop. I know, cash shop is only going to be cosmetic they say, but since you get your stats from the jewlery you wear, NOT the clothes.. well, it goes back to my first point about character creation.  Also I am weary about any game that offers life time subs before it is released. If I was REALLY into the setting though, it would be an insta buy.


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5/12/12 1:12:41 PM#2

Good impressions, I feel a lot the same, though I am more on the fence whether I can enjoy this sort of MMO in the long run.

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5/12/12 1:28:49 PM#3

Are you sure your mom didn't say your were special needs?  lol, j/k. 

I hate to admit it after all the time I spent waiting for this game, bu you're pretty much on the money about everything you said there.  That whole thing about dodging tho, what you forgot to mention is that you could almost go out to the kitchen to make a sandwitch, then come back & dodge.  most of the time, but the time those lines come together, I've already half killed him.  there were some others that I encountered in the forrest, burnt corpses or something like that.  They had a sort of had this artiliary strike thing they did with a closing circle that you had to jump out of before it closed & ignited.   Makes me think that there is going to be a variety of things like that,  but still if you werent quick enough to get out of the way of these things, you deserved to get killed


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5/12/12 1:35:24 PM#4

So the one thing you mention that I personally have a different opinion of is the graphics. Now, the charater models and options seriously do need to be expanded  but I felt the environments (IE Kingsmouth) are outstandingly done and detailed. The town looks awesome with the fog rolling in heavy and then lightening up some and the detail of the names of the shops and locations, to the Woodland areas, all look great. They fit the theme very, very well as zombie overrrun New Englad town.


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5/12/12 2:05:14 PM#5
Originally posted by Elikal

Good impressions, I feel a lot the same, though I am more on the fence whether I can enjoy this sort of MMO in the long run.

I just found out I probably won't be able to enjoy this game in the long run. I was doing random quests b/c I had a hard time killing a boss in solo instance to progress my main storyline. All the quests begine cool, with a cutscene. And then I was running and killing 5 zombies here, then 5 zombies there and 5 zombies on the other side of town. After 2 hours I am exhousted. Everythuing felt static and uninteresting. I didn't have fun doing it.

I wish we could do only main quests and investigation ones =P Oh why TSW has to be a mmo =P


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5/12/12 6:40:56 PM#6

you could just follow the story line quests and ignore the filler quests. the filler quests just take you from hub to hub.

if you get into the enviroment - i did- i found myself wanting to know more and more about the area. i wanted to know about the fog and fishing boat. i am creeped out by the pod fish people on the beach. i thought it was cool the illuminati had set up teh church as a safehouse and had their symbols all over the manhole covers in the town. i want to know what the orochi group is up to at the airport. i like the junkyard dogs tango and cash etc. 

if you buy into the enviroment and if you buy into the premise you are an investigator and if you dont mind looking up obscure stuff on google and if you can forgive the lackluster animations then you'll be entertained. a lot of IFs i know but there really is nothing like it out so until something better comes along in a similar genre i will be playing for a few months at least.